Saturday, August 13

Woman jailed for cheating house buyers


KOTA KINABALU: An unemployed local woman, who pleaded guilty to six counts of cheating, was jailed a total of six years by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday.

The deputy registrar of the High Court, Amir Shah Amir Hassan, imposed the sentence on Kee Noorayudah Mohd Ayub, 26, after she admitted to each of the charges under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

The indictment carries a maximum jail of 10 years and whipping and also liable to a fine upon conviction.

On the first to the sixth counts, the accused was sentenced to one year’s jail each for cheating six persons of RM3,000, RM8,000, RM8,000, RM4,300, RM2,000 and RM2,000, respectively, by saying that she was selling houses under the Housing and Town Development Board (LPPB) at the city area and induced all the victims to hand over the cash as deposit payment.

The offences were committed at a shop along Jalan Gaya, in front of a restaurant at Api-Api Center, at a restaurant at 1Borneo hypermall, at a hotel in Inanam and at Kampung Rampayan in Menggatal, respectively, between February 25 and September 19.

The court ordered the accused, who hails from Tawau, to serve her jail sentences consecutively.

The facts of the case stated that the accused had asked for cash from one of the victims and the victim had signed the house purchase agreement.

The accused told the victim that the remaining balance can be paid during the house key collection but on the day that the accused had promised to deliver the house key, she did not turn up and could not be contacted.

The accused is now serving sentences for committing a similar offence.